“Miley used to be bummed being thought of as ‘Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter,’ ” the elder Cyrus told PEOPLE in a 2006 interview just after the premiere of their sitcom, which ran for almost five years. “Now I’m getting ready to be known as ‘Miley Cyrus’s dad.’ ”
Here is their 2006 PEOPLE interview for your nostalgic pleasure:
Miley, how did you get into acting?
Miley: I did three episodes of Doc [Her dad’s PAX show, which ran for four years]. Then I got cast in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. Then I got Hannah Montana.
Billy Ray: She’s leagues above me. I feel like I’m watching Lucille Ball.
Miley: I get to do crazy stuff I wouldn’t normally get away with, like pour Chinese food all over him. And when you got that load of cake in the face!
Billy Ray: I see a theme.
Miley: I talk to the writers and make sure he gets hit with something at least twice a week.
Billy Ray, do you miss your mullett since cutting it off in 2004?
Billy Ray: I really do. I recently wrote a song called “I Want My Mullett Back.”
Miley: That beautiful mullett!
What’s the worst part of the job?
Miley: To be honest, it’s the drive to the studio. He talks the entire way – and I just want to listen to my music.
Billy Ray: That’s not true!
The best part?
Billy Ray: I get to see Miley grow as an actress and a human being.
Miley: I hate it when he talks like this.
Billy Ray: She’s kicking me and pinching me under the table right now.
• Reporting by CHAMP CLARK